Jason Ricci and The Bad Kind at The Toad Tavern
with: Rachel and The Ruckus, Zakk DeBono and the Broken Circle
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PLEASE NOTE: This show has been moved to
The Toad Tavern at 5302 S Federal Cir, Littleton, CO 80123
Raised in Portland, Maine, Jason Ricci started playing music in punk bands at the age of 14. After discovering a love of the harmonica and Blues music, he turned his attention in that direction. In 1995, Ricci moved from Portland to Memphis, TN, where shortly there after he placed first in the Sonny Boy Blues Society contest at 21 years of age. Later that same year Ricci recorded his first album, Jason Ricci. In Memphis, Ricci began playing with David Malone Kimbrough, son of blues great Junior Kimbrough, and was a part of the bands of both Kimbroughs also was sitting in with R.L Burnside. In 1999, Ricci won the Mars National Harmonica Contest, and began playing with Keith Brown, later recording with him as well. In 2000, he received a two page write up in Blues Access magazine by Adam Gussow (harmonica player for Satan and Adam) saying "I am convinced he along with Dennis Gruenling is one of the best harmonica players of his generation" .After 15 months with Big Al and the Heavyweights, Ricci started his own band, Jason Ricci and New Blood, in 2002. In 2005, Ricci was honored with the Muddy Water Promising New Blues Artist Award. In 2007 Ricci and New Blood were signed to Electo Groove Productions. His first album with the label. The band as a whole has been nominated for Blues Band of the Year three times by Blues Wax magazine. Ricci won the Blues Critic Award for Harmonica Player of the Year (2008) and was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Harmonica Player of the Year in 2009, and later won in 2010. By 2011 Ricci had relocated to New Orleans, and assembled a new band, Approved By Snakes with guitarist John Lisi. Jason currently lives in Bloomington Indiana, he teaches students, holds harmonica conferences, plays local dates and is awaiting the next tour.
Rachel & The Ruckus are a Colorado mainstay. They have opened up for Nashville legend, Jimmy Hall (among others) and can be found on festivals through the state all summer long. .If you’re a fan of artists such as Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town, then R&R is next up for you."
Zakk Debono and the Broken Circle are: Zakk DeBono: Lead Guitar/Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, Desmond Washington: Drums & Noah Mast: Bass and back up Vocals. The band have been tearing up the Front Range this year and have had some really great shows recently to add to there resume...including an opening slot last month for the one and only "Buddy Guy". This is one Colorado act to watch out for in the next year, as they are breaking big!